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Group rallies at state Capitol against gay marriage

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published May 22, 2014 at 11:58 a.m. Updated May 22, 2014 at 1:59 p.m.

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Family Council President Jerry Cox, left, speaks Thursday during a rally at the state Capitol against gay marriage.

Group rallies against gay marriage at Capitol

A group of pastors, elected officials and others held a rally Thursday at the state Capitol to express disapproval of same-sex unions. (By Gavin Lesnick)
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Marriage between a man and a woman was "instituted by God" as part of his plan for the "wellbeing of society" and shouldn't be extended to same-sex couples, a group of pastors said Thursday at a rally on the steps of the state Capitol.

Same-sex unions were briefly legal in Arkansas earlier this month when a Pulaski County circuit judge found the state's bans on the practice unconstitutional. Several hundred couples married before the state's Supreme Court stayed, or froze, the judge's order pending appeal, at least temporarily halting the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

On Thursday, about 100 pastors with the Ecumenical Coalition of Faith Leaders of Arkansas joined Family Council President Jerry Cox, state Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Bigelow, and others at the Capitol for the rally. Several of the pastors led the roughly 150 additional attendees in prayers before Pastor Derick Easter of New St. Hurricane Missionary Baptist Church read a statement decrying same-sex unions.

"We believe that term 'marriage' has only one meaning and that is marriage sanctioned by God which joins one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in scripture," Easter said. "Changes in the civil law do not, indeed cannot, change the moral law that God has established."

Easter added in the statement that "hateful and harassing behavior ... are to be repudiated and are not in accord with scripture nor the doctrines of the church."

"The church's opposition to same-sex marriage neither constitutes nor condones any kind of hostility towards homosexual men and women, always reminding church members of their obligations of love, kindness and humanity toward all people," he said.

The group declined to answer questions from reporters about the event.

A handful of gay-marriage supporters stood to one side of the gathering, waving signs and interjecting at times during the pastors' words.

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djigoo says... May 22, 2014 at 1:01 p.m.

The American Taliban.

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EdgarH says... May 22, 2014 at 1:37 p.m.

Yet, their continued silence, regarding remarriage after divorce (something Christ DID speak about) is deafening. It would appear that they're quite comfortable with adultery.

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BirdDogsRock says... May 22, 2014 at 3:54 p.m.

GoHogs ... really? Who is better representing the "love your neighbor as yourself" spirit of god: you or Rabbi Block? Seems only 4 paragraphs ago that Pastor Easter was reminding the righteous that "hateful and harassing behavior ... are to be repudiated and are not in accord with scripture nor the doctrines of the church." Yours is an interpretation of the Golden Rule that seems to have become far too common these days; if your religious attitude wasn't so prevalent, I might think your comment so outrageous as to be faked. I'm not gay, but you convince me that I am more likely to find kind people and respectful treatment among the gay than among the faithful. Thank you for reminding me to keep my distance from the church. Gay people deserve the exact same rights as all other US citizens. Period. Live and let live.

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Populist says... May 22, 2014 at 4:02 p.m.

GoHogs,

You are about as holy as the Nazis who called themselves "Christian" as well. Your hateful attitude is directly contrary to the message of Christ. Christ never said anything about homosexuality. He said that we just have to love our neighbor. You do not understand his holy message at all.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... May 22, 2014 at 4:28 p.m.

Depends which "cheek" eh?

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HOTDEMN says... May 22, 2014 at 4:33 p.m.

OK, we get it. Your cult of the invisible friend in the sky believes you have a mandate to interfere in the sex lives of strangers. You think you can also stone or burn people who disagree with your cults beliefs. You also believe that your cult is the one true cult out of hundreds of other cults and this gives you the right to dictate the laws governing the worlds largest democracy. WRONG

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KMS says... May 22, 2014 at 5 p.m.

Which is why people find the whole "christian" thing irrelevant.

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frenchfry says... May 22, 2014 at 5:09 p.m.

Ironic. Civil liberties and freedom confusion from minorities.

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BillyJonesBluez says... May 22, 2014 at 5:27 p.m.

What an impressive gathering of Uncle Tom's. ...all in the name of hate.
It would be great to see this many "house boys' coming together to address some of the REAL issues that our young people are facing.
I believe that this is a perfect example of self hatred and the Stockholm syndrome.

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